for a multitude of reasons-- to plead for divine help, to ask for the cure of illness, to give thanks, to ask for penance. but above all they went for the salvation of their souls. to achieve the state of grace conferred by his relics, they traveled great distances on foot... by boat... on horseback... wearinge pical pilgrim'- the hat, the staff, the cockleshell symbol of saint james. but pilgrimage was not only a spiritual force, it was a dynamic, transforming element in society, enabling the exchange of ideas, goods, and especially money. there was a great deal of money to be made from pilgrimage.